Greening Your NYC Cooperative or Condominium with Recycling
Apartment building residents, superintendents, porters, and management company employees are being encouraged to participate in a new program to improve recycling in their apartment buildings.
Community Recycling in Cooperatives
In New York City, apartment building residents, superintendents, porters, and management company employees are being encouraged to participate in a new program to improve recycling in their apartment buildings. The program is called the NYC Apartment Building Recycling Initiative (ABRI). It provides training for the participants.
The city Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention Reuse and Recycling enrolls a building, and helps assess how the building is recycling. After the participants complete their training session, they receive a building evaluation based on the site visit with suggestions on how to improve recycling in the building.
Over 200 buildings are registered in the program and 133 buildings that have sent residents, supers, and even some building managers to the evening training sessions. Increasingly, ABRI is becoming very popular with cooperative and condominium boards.
Trained volunteers are implementing cooperative recycling programs
1) improvements on how the building is set up for recycling;
2) regular education geared to all residents; and
3) the organization of a committee or ad hoc group to keep the focus on recycling all year round.
If your cooperative or condominium would like to take advantage of this free training, visit www.CENYC.org.
1) Upper West Side Recycling also accepts and recycles batteries and E-waste and runs periodic collections at fixed locations. For further information, contact Jeff Twine at 212 865-9595.
2) Per Scholas is New York City's only electronics processing facility. It has been reconditioning and recycling E-Waste since 1999. In addition to making low-cost computers available to children and adults who cannot afford a new computer, Per Scholas also trains local youth for full-time jobs as computer technicians. For more information call Per Scholas: (718) 772-0651.
CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RECYCLING
Upper West Side Recycling focuses on collection and recycling of materials that are not picked up by the NYC Department of Sanitation.
They help buildings recycle clothing and other textiles. They help buildings organize and publicize an in-house textile drive, and will furnish a portable 4 x 21/2 foot clothing bin so that building residents don't have to haul these goods to a collection site, or worse, dump them in the trash.
Recyclable textiles include clean clothing (wearable or unwearable, shoes, pocketbooks, curtains, sheets, blankets, comforters, and towels. By participating you can help resident do their spring cleaning, keep textiles out of our landfills and recycle in an easy, convenient way.
Editor, Carolyn Allen
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